SATISFACTION. . . If every picture tells a story, just like the song he co-wrote with Rod Stewart, then Ronnie Wood had a grand old time at a popular Wailea restaurant last week.
The Rolling Stones' member dined on whole fish at Mala Wailea with restaurant partner Shep Gordon, who produced the Stones show on Oahu a few years back with Tom Moffatt.
"The dinner was a Grouchofest," says Shep. "I managed Groucho Marx and Ron Wood is an expert on Groucho and was his biggest fan. I introduced them over 30 years ago. So we met at Mala last Thursday to tell each other Groucho stories."
Photo courtesy Mala Wailea
Chefs Mark Ellman (left) and Mike de Bruin of Mala Wailea clown around with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones last Thursday, when he had dinner at the often star-studded restaurant.
Speaking of celebrities, Oahu's famous chef Roy Yamaguchi is coming to Maui April 2 to cook a special dinner at his West Maui restaurant here.
"I've been working on visiting all of my island restaurants and doing a dinner with the chefs for some time now. My schedule gets a little crazy, but I love going to Maui and working with Joey Macadangdang," says Roy, a James Beard Award winner. "I'm looking forward to my visit and I think that those in attendance will enjoy what we have planned."
Roy's Kahana will set the stage for the seven-course feast that will cost $65 (with wine pairings, $85) per person, plus tax and gratuity.
The menu will start with kiawe-smoked Kona kampachi, followed by torchon of foie gras, roulade of shiso duck salad, seared moi with seafood cassoulet, curried lamb chops and seasonal vegetables, and chocolate peanut butter souffle.
"It's a rare Maui appearance for Roy,
says Maui corporate chef Macadangdang. "I'm excited to see what he does with the food and the event also celebrates our 17th anniversary at Roy's Kahana."
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BITS AND PIECES. . . Now we hear the Australia Getaway Sweepstakes at all Outback Steakhouses in Hawaii is offered only to kamaaina and Hawaii-based military personnel. No purchase is necessary and the winner will be randomly selected in May for up to four people on Hawaiian Airlines to Sydney with a two-bedroom suite for six nights at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel and a rental car.
In addition, all active duty military will get 10 percent off food at any Hawaii Outback Tuesdays through May 12.
Chez Paul in Olowalu is running with a new and improved "stimulus package" from 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays during April and May. "Come down and spin the wheel and win discounts on food items," says owner-chef Patrick Callarec. "Everyone is a winner. You can't lose! We have live music in here Saturdays and Sundays."
The monthly wine tasting at Stella Blues in Kihei will be uncorked from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday with the theme "Don't Make Us Go Sideways: Mingling With Merlots." Sponsor is Who Cut the Cheese store nearby and you get to sip five merlot wines paired with five gourmet cheeses for $30 . . . This Friday, the Joe Cano Band will play at Stella's. Dinner reservations start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 for the Santana-style, Latin-rock show that kicks off at 8 p.m.
More and more readers are asking me to write about cheap deals, so West Maui tips are Bamboo's $4.99 breakfast; and Gaby's $6 pizza slice with pasta salad - both at 505 Front Street. The entire complex is now undergoing an exterior renovation and it's yellow and terra cotta.
The all-you-can-eat prime rib dinners are flying out the door from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at Makawao Steak House.
Built in 1927, this Upcountry landmark also serves lobster, fresh catch and grain-fed beef. Do save room for the Kona coffee ice cream Mud pie dessert, and remember they have a back tea room - perfect for showers and private parties.
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